Germany Demolishes Brazil, 7-1
Today we witnessed one of the most historic events ever in a World Cup football match. Germany 7 Brazil 1. The score line tells it all. It was a comprehensive dismantling and utter annihilation of the Brazil team at the hands of one of the best performances possibly ever in a World Cup by Germany. It seems that after being eliminated at this stage in the two previous World Cups and at the last Euros, Germany only had one object in mind … Advance!
It’s probably best to start with what records were broken. This was Brazil’s worst ever World Cup defeat. Before they had lost 3-0 to France in the 1998 World Cup Final and 4-2 to Hungary in 1954. The previous highest defeat Brazil has ever suffered at the national level was a 6-0 thumping by Uruguay all the way back in 1920. They had not lost any competitive match on home soil since 1975. Germany scored the most goals ever in a World Cup semi-final match (7). The icing on the cake would have to be Miroslav Klose netting his 16th World Cup goal making him the all time World Cup goal scoring leader, surpassing the previous title holder, Ronaldo of Brazil.
The opening 45 minutes of the semi-final match up between Brazil and Germany could not have gone farther from the script. With national team superstar and icon, Neymar, out with fractured vertebrae and team captain and defensive dynamo Thiago Silva out with suspension, many thought it would be a struggle for Brazil to beat Germany but that they would probably win. Of course the Brazilians are playing on home soil and if there ever was a 12th man the Brazilian fans certainly know how to get behind their team in times of need. That would not be the case today.
Besides the opening five minutes of the first half, the Brazil team looked as though they have never played soccer together. Eleven minutes in, Thomas Müller opened the scoring with lazy defending by the Brazilians on a corner kick, which saw Müller easily score with a well placed side foot shot. I should mention David Luiz was marking him, or supposed to be, as his name will come up again, and not because of his defending prowess or because of a dazzling free kick.
From here on out it was the Germans putting on a clinic. Twenty-three minutes in, with some clever passing and unselfish play, Klose, on his second attempt, found the back of the net, securing his all time record. The next three minutes saw Germany score twice more. First, Philip Lahm played a beautiful low ball through the box that met Toni Kroos who drilled the ball home with an expert one time strike on his left foot. The following kick off ensued and Brazil, still in shock I’m sure, gave away possession outside of their own box and the Germans pounced. Khedira was threaded through by Kroos who won the initial ball off of Fernandihno’s poor touch and Khedira played a simple square ball back to Kroos who scored his second. It was 179 seconds between Germany’s 2nd and 4th goal, possibly another World Cup record. Three minutes later the Germans were at it again. A quick break and sharp passing between Khedira and Ozil saw Khedira score his first world cup goal, bringing the tally to 5 before the half hour mark.
As many of you probably know, if Khedira scores, you’re in real trouble. Leading up to the goal, David Luiz had left his position to try and win a tackle well ahead of the back line, which he failed to do, and allowed the Germans to get in behind him. Seven minutes was the time between goals 2-5. Germany were beyond impressive. Having been accused of playing too conservatively thus far in the tournament, Joachim Löw’s side showed that if they want to push forward and attack, they most certainly can. It was all one and two touch passing, players always in the right position defensively and on attack. There were no gaps at the back, even if Neymar had been present today he would have had serious difficulty getting through. The German team looked like they had all been playing together since they were born. The remainder of the half, even being 5 goals up, saw no break in the relentless barrage of attacks by the Germans.
The second half had a different story, at first. Brazil came out making a few changes to their line-up, hoping to restore some pride and dominate possession early on. The introduction of Paulinho and Ramires saw some strength added to the midfield which allowed the Brazilians to attack a little more. They looked decent in their attacks but nothing like the first half showing of the Germans. Adding to the dismay of the Brazilians was Manuel Neuer. Within the opening ten minutes of the second half, Neuer made four fantastic saves, putting to bed any hopes of a Brazilian revival. After that it was back to business for the Nationalmannschaft. In the 58th minute Klose was replaced by Andre Schürrle. After twelve minutes on the field, Schürrle found the back of the net to make it six. Marcelo got caught out of position and with no one to support him, Lahm casually took the ball in on the right and played a cross right into the onrushing Schürrle who tucked the ball home with another easy tap in for the Germans.
At that moment there were about five Brazilians in a three yard radius of where the ball was played. There again was David Luiz, asleep, letting Schürrle run right into an area where he should have been waiting to clear the ball out. The seventh goal was quite possibly the best of the bunch. A quick throw and quick pass saw Schürrle bring down the ball on the left side of the box. With the angle narrowing he slammed the ball home with his left foot off the underside of the cross bar. Julio Cesar never had a chance and again, it was David Luiz, sluggishly running back into position after pushing too high up the field, leaving Schürrle to get in behind the defense. Brazil pulled one back in the 90th minute by the likes of Oscar but it was of no consequence.
All the goals:
The Germans have set a new precedent today. They did the unthinkable, the unbelievable. They beat Brazil on home soil and they did it expertly. They have sent a message to the rest of the world that they are the best at football. Even if Neymar and Silva had been present, the Germans looked as though they were never going to lose this match. We witnessed some of the most incisive passing, incredible running off the ball, clinical finishing, stalwart defending, five star goalkeeping, and just an all around breathtaking performance. As the title of their national anthem says, “Germany Über Alles!”